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Meet Our North Atlanta Optometrists

Optometrists inside LensCrafters in Atlanta's Northlake Mall

At Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates, we specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Our eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Our optometrists in LensCrafters at Northlake Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Imagine being Superman’s eye doctor!

Dr. Warstadt, Optometrist in Atlanta, Georgia

In the 1970’s-80’s when I was growing up in Westport, Connecticut, Fairfield County was an enclave of artists. Without really thinking about the talent and accomplishment of the company I was keeping, I played golf with Mort Walker, who was famous for “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” (with Dik Browne); with Dik Browne, who was famous for “Hagar the Horrible” and “Hi and Lois” (with Mort Walker); and with Curt Swan, who drew Superman.

Curt was a close family friend who bowled with my mother and sold me my first car, a turquoise Datsun B210 hatchback. I was not aware at the time that his depictions were considered the definitive characterization of the Silver Age of Superman. When Christopher Reeve was preparing for the movies, he looked to Curt’s drawings for his physical approach to the character. When Jerry Seinfeld wanted to make a commercial interacting with an animated Superman, he wanted Superman to be drawn in the style of Curt Swan. For us, Curt was simply a family friend who drew Superman comics for a living, and so it seemed very natural to ask him to draw a picture of me examining Superman’s eyes. Now it is a cherished reminder of a remarkable man and the extraordinary talent he shared with the world.

Meet our Atlanta Eye Doctors

Dr. Steven Warstadt, of Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates, has been a mainstay in the LensCrafters at Northlake Mall since 1991. Dr. Warstadt received his BA from Emory University in 1982 and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987. He has spent his entire professional career in the Atlanta area, nearly all of it at the Northlake LensCrafters.

A member of the American Optometric Association, the Georgia Optometric Association, as well as the Southern Council of Optometrists, Dr. Warstadt is also an active member of the community. He is a member of the Sandy Springs Lions Club and participates in LensCrafters Hometown Days and Vision Vans to provide free eye care opportunities to local schoolchildren. He is currently the chief optometrist at his practice in Northlake, GA.

Dr. Warstadt has traveled to 11 countries  with Luxottica's One Sight foundation to provide eye care and eyeglasses to those in need.

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Dr. Sonal Patel, of Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates,  was born in Gujarat, India. She moved to the United States at the age of two and was raised in Georgia. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and she attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee for her Doctor of Optometry.

Dr. Patel prides herself on providing comprehensive eye care to her patients of all ages, but in particular she enjoys treating her pediatric patients. She had brought many skills and mostly a warm personality to Dr. Warstadt's office.

She currently lives in Johns Creek with her husband and 3 daughters. In her spare time, she is passionate about traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family.  

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Dr. Radhakrishna Patel grew up in Cedartown, GA. He attended San Jose State University (SJSU) in San Jose, CA, where he graduated with a BS in Chemistry, with a concentration in Biochemistry, in 2014. At SJSU, he was an active chemist, performing laboratory DNA research on various conditions, such as the Dengue and Zika mosquito viruses. He was an executive board member for various organizations, such as the Pre-Optometry Association, Biology Club, and Chemistry Club. He also provided healthcare community services in Africa and Honduras.

Dr. Patel graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry in 2018. During optometry school, he was an active member of the Lions Club, VOSH, and NOSA. He served in leadership positions as a board member for the Sports Vision Club, founder of the Mentors Program, president of the Orientation committee, and vice-president of the Class of 2018. He was very excited to participate in the annual Dominican Republic trip, providing eye examination in and around communities that lack healthcare services. His clinical externship programs were at Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, Capital Eye Consultants in Virginia, and Omni Eye Services of Atlanta.

Since graduation, Dr. Patel has pursued his long-term career goal by completing a residency program in Ocular Pathology and Disease Management at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta. He received significant specialty training in various ocular diseases and conditions, such as glaucoma, macula-degeneration, cataracts, and corneal pathology.

Dr. Patel feels blessed and honored to be part of the Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates team and looks forward to providing outstanding eye care services to patients in his home state of Georgia.

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Dr. Friedman received her BA from Emory University and her Doctorate of Optometry at UC Berkeley School of Optometry.  She completed a post-doctoral residency in low vision and ocular pathology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration.  Dr. Friedman has always enjoyed practicing primary care optometry.  She has had vast experience in working with patients from ages 9 months to 99 years.  She worked for years in an exclusive California Optical Boutique as well as regularly providing eye exams for the indigent.  Dr. Friedman has maintained a special passion for working with the blind and visually impaired.

She was also a clinical associate professor at Southern California College of Optometry teaching students to perform low vision exams.  Over the years she has continued to practice low vision part-time in a variety of settings. Due to Dr. Friedman's unusual array of experience, she brings a level of expertise as well as a certain compassion to each of her exams.  From educating first-time contact lens wearers, to counseling patients after diagnosing macular degeneration, Dr. Friedman is dedicated to meeting each patient's needs and concerns.

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Dr. Thuan Tran was born in southern Vietnam and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007 and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2013. His clinical externships were at Omni Eye Services and Clayton Eye Center both in Atlanta.

He has been practicing primary eye care in Norcross, Georgia for 6 years and enjoys providing comprehensive eye care to patients of all backgrounds. He joined the Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates team to provide quality eye care to patients in his hometown and to participate with Luxottica's OneSight foundation.

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As part of our COVID-19 protocol we are now requiring our patients to undergo an Optomap Retinal exam in lieu of dilation to evaluate the inside lining of the eye. This procedure is being performed to lessen the time spent in our office. There is an additional fee of $35.00 for this test which is often not covered by insurance plans as it is considered a health screening. However, it can be billed to a medical insurance plan if there is a retinal disease diagnosis. Please speak to our staff for more information.